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Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine: Great for Shawl Knitting and More!

A few weeks ago, I looked at Berroco Ultra Alpaca; this week we're taking a look at it's baby sibling, Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Fine. This fingering weight yarn is used in the Teeter Totter shawl (did you see the post with alternate colorways?) from Berroco Portfolio Volume 2, as well as in two patterns from… Continue reading Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine: Great for Shawl Knitting and More!

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Simple Intarsia Knitting with the Teeter Totter Shawl

The Teeter Totter Shawl from Berroco Portfolio Vol 2 is a great crescent-shaped shawl worked in five colors of Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Fine. The shawl does use just a little bit of intarsia to join colors at points along the mid-section of the shawl, but it's really easy intarsia knitting—you're only working with two colors in a… Continue reading Simple Intarsia Knitting with the Teeter Totter Shawl

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Designer Spotlight: Alphabet Headband by Kelly McClure

For Kelly McClure, knitting is more than a means to an end. It’s a social tie to people she otherwise would not have met – people from her local yarn shop and halfway around the world. In addition to her Bohoknits label, Kelly designs for Ambler Hats, a company that employs and empowers women in… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Alphabet Headband by Kelly McClure

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Designer Spotlight: Simple Eyelet Cowl by Gretchen Tracy

Gretchen Tracy’s stash is filled with one or two skeins of various yarns that she is always trying to knit up in creative ways. Usually, she waits for the yarn to tell her what it wants to be…no matter how long it takes. Gretchen’s stash of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine took a while to decide,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Simple Eyelet Cowl by Gretchen Tracy

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Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

Kathy Perry has been knitting most of her life, but she’s still picking up new techniques through her design work. Her recently published pattern, Boho Banded Jacket, came about when an editor asked Kathy to create something using reverse Fair Isle. At the time she didn’t know what that meant, but she’s a quick learner!… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

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Designer Spotlight: Ella by Irina Eberhardt  

Irina Eberhardt’s grandmother used to say, “if your mittens and socks are made out natural fiber, arthritis will not bother you.” Those words stuck in Irina’s mind and still influence her yarn selections when designing. Irina chose Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine for her new shawl pattern, Ella. Knit from the bottom up, the piece features… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Ella by Irina Eberhardt  

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Designer Spotlight: “Thanks! Piet” Wrap by Candy Key

Candy Key says that her life changed when a “real yarn shop” finally opened in her area. Yarnies, located in Abilene, TX, allowed Candy to build a stash with fabulous yarns, which continues to inspire her knitting! As a former teacher of both geometry and art, Candy is also greatly inspired by the work of… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: “Thanks! Piet” Wrap by Candy Key

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Emily Explains: Naturally Dyeing with Red Onions

I fell in love with dyeing fabrics and yarns in college. White yarns and fabrics are blank canvases with endless possibilities. Recently, I've been using natural materials to create the colors that I want to wear. I love the earthy hues that natural dyes create. They remind me of the water colors that fill my sketchbooks. This… Continue reading Emily Explains: Naturally Dyeing with Red Onions